Midway through the college football season, it looked as though Paxton Lynch might be the first player taken in the NFL Draft. A few months later, the Denver Broncos selected the 6'6", 230-pound passer with the 26th pick in the NFL Draft.
Lynch finished his junior season with 3,778 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. His 157.5 passer rating ranked 12th in the country - two spots behind Cal QB Jared Goff and one spot ahead of Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Lynch also led Memphis to its highest AP ranking in school history - reaching 15th this season after an 8-0 start that included a win over Ole Miss.
Over 38 career starts, Lynch passed for 8,865 yards, 59 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. He also rushed for 687 yards and 17 more touchdowns - including an impressive 13 touchdowns during his junior year.
Expert Analysis: "I like Paxton Lynch...a lot. He reminds me of a taller, rawer Aaron Rodgers. If he had the chance to sit for a year and learn he could become a tremendous quarterback in the NFL." - Jake Marsing, Mile High Huddle